Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + - Kristina Keneally to topple government in Bennelong? By Houses and Holes in Australian Politics, Featured Articleat 10:48 am on November 14, 2017 | 78 comments Woha! Making a couple of calls to triple confirm Kristina Keneally is, in fact, Labor’s candidate in Bennelong (which is my habit), ALP folks just had one thing to say. “We are going for government.” Goodbye negative gearing?!?! 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DanMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:28 am Huge amount of new units mostly filled with ethnic Chinese. Goodbye negative gearing, hello higher immigration I would guess. And maybe Beijing has the key to the balance of power in Australia? BrentonMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:36 am Got to love that tunnel vision you have there Dan. The current mechanism of record immigration into Sydney and rampant developer cronyism is overseen by the LNP… you know, the people that have been in government at both the State & Federal level for the last 2 terms. Look across the ditch for an example of change. DanMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:39 am I realize that Brenton, but only because they happen to be the party in power. BrentonMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:43 am Therein lies the rub, it is fallacious to immediately assume that the ALP represent the same by default, or as you seem to indicate, that they will in fact be worse. Again, look across the ditch, where a change of attitude is pronounced beneath a new Labour government. DanMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:52 am In NZ most of the drive to put New Zealander’s first came from their coalition partners. We don’t have that here. ALP will be better on some things (e.g. negative gearing), but weaker on China, and weak on immigration. Especially so if they have a one seat majority thanks to a seat where a huge proportion of people are of Chinese background. We need a proper election, not a string of by-elections to decide government. BrentonMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm The policies and targets are Labour’s; NZ First shared many of the policies, but to a more extreme degree. It’s why they sided with Labour. ALP will be better on some things (e.g. negative gearing), but weaker on China, and weak on immigration. You’ve just done it again…that statement is absolute, unmitigated garbage. I just told you what a new Labour government is doing on both of those issues in NZ, yet you grasp out of thin air a BS line like that, based on nothing but bias. Let me say it clear as day: ALP will not be worse than the LNP on immigration/foreign ownership. Current record immigration/foreign ownership is maintained by the LNP. RicMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm Brenton Labor showed who they are when they had power. Until they purge the candidates, they should never be given power again. DanMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm If I google ALP immigration policy, I find they don’t actually have one, only an asylum seeker policy. However we do know what happened to immigration numbers under Gillard and Rudd – they kept rising. We also know the ALP vetoed the strengthening of citizenship criteria just recently, and they are currently campaigning in this seat on the benefits of multiculturalism. We have also heard Anthony Albanese recently sing the praises of high immigration. This is nothing at all like the NZ election. There is no major party standing for lower immigration. Your banal insults aren’t convincing to anyone, show us the evidence. BrentonMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm Refer to ALP website for the National Platform: Ch 2, 69. Labor will not allow trade agreements to limit the capacity of the Australian Government to determine immigration policies that promote education and training, permanent rather than temporary migration, local employment and fair employment standards. Labor will ensure future trade agreements do not prevent Australia from effectively regulating temporary migration, including by requiring genuine labour market testing for temporary work visas as well as Australian market wages and employment rights for immigrant workers where genuine skills shortages are deemed to exist. Labor will ensure trade agreements promote recruitment of local labour and protect the wages and conditions of local workers. Ch 2, 81. Labor’s immigration planning framework will take into account net overseas migration, its positive and negative impacts on employment and training opportunities for Australian residents, demographic trends and other factors, while responding to current and longer-term economic needs. Ch 10, 34. In its role as a major purchaser of goods and services, government can play a role in fostering Australia’s manufacturing, service and information industries, particularly for emerging industries or companies. For goods or services to be ethically sourced, suppliers must be good corporate citizens who comply with the law in all matters, most notably laws regarding taxation, trade practices, corporations, industrial relations, consumer affairs, environment and immigration. BrentonMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 1:07 pm @Ric, are Rudd/Guillard/Swan still in action? Are we still living during a GFC, with a once in a lifetime mining boom? Has there been another decades worth of double digit YoY house price growth? Policy is supposed to adapt and change to the climate of the day. You and Dan can continue to believe we would be worse off under an ALP government, even as you whine about policy settings instigated by successive LNP governments (…and somehow still manage to lay the blame on ALP heads). @Dan, we don’t even know what the election policies will be for the ALP…just keep pulling facts clean out your rear end. We already know the LNP’s platform, we’re living it! ErmingtonPlumbing November 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm My part of Ermo is in Bennelong also,… campaigning at Ermo shops had former candidate Lyndal Howerson feeling a little nervous at the Bogan demographic over representation.😁 DanMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 4:51 pm Brenton, Yes we do: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/04/bill-shorten-recommits-big-australia-albatross/ https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/07/anthony-albanese-fails-mass-immigration-defence/ https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2016/11/penny-wong-wrong-immigration/ https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/09/labor-goes-open-borders/ Freddy November 14, 2017 at 11:12 am Keneally should be joining the Greens: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/kristina-keneally Jason November 14, 2017 at 11:20 am She believes in God. Jason November 14, 2017 at 10:55 am That would still leave them a few seats short. And at the same time, Lambie might run in Braddon when Keay gets kicked out which could split the ALP vote. BrentonMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 10:59 am About forcing an early election. It’s the LNP that needs to be desperately counting seats. tonyddMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm Surely ALP whats to wait until full term before gaining government, they must understand its all turning to sh1t 18 months is on long to wait when it means a possible second term. haroldusMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:02 am I’m looking forward to the return of the rodent….. Eric November 14, 2017 at 11:16 am He’ll crawl out of the woodwork. Meanwhile corrupt Mike Baird just got his reward for killing ICAC: NAB pays Baird $887000 for 5 months’ work http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/11/14/nab-pays-baird-887000-5-months-work MichaelMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 12:12 pm Mike Baird is the pure definition of suckhole. Daniel November 14, 2017 at 11:03 am She co-hosted a programme with Peter Van Onselen on Sky. I’m not sure who was the more annoying, but on balance, Keneally. ALP does have a penchant for Maxine McKew type candidates. Jason November 14, 2017 at 11:07 am Maxine McKew = ALP Sarah Henderson = Libs MattMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:05 am The Libs might need to wheel out Howard after a 10 year break to regain the upper hand here … Jason November 14, 2017 at 11:07 am Quite literally wheel him out – he’s nearly 80. ceteris paribus November 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm Already? Just seems like yesterday that be was hinting he might retire at 64. Costello was salivating. But few can relinquish. John still likes to imagine himself as emeritus PM. This sentimental grandiosity does him absolutely no favours. Mining BoganMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm Already? What do you mean already? He was well into his 80s before he turned 30. AlbyMangles November 14, 2017 at 11:07 am obeid’s puppet – she’s just more cancer BrentonMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:11 am NSW Labor has a lasting legacy of Obeid opportunism. Join and change it. NZ Labour and UK Labour have shown the way. AlbyMangles November 14, 2017 at 12:11 pm Phewwwwwsssdaaaaaggggghhhhhh ErmingtonPlumbing November 14, 2017 at 3:47 pm Hear! Hear!,…I’d like to second Brentons motion! http://www.alp.org.au/joinlabor ceteris paribus November 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm Tell a Victorian a little more, Alby. I certainly remember the unmarked disgust in her voice in talking about Obeid after he was well and truly persona non grata. Are you suggesting there was a bit of convenient post-hoc distancing going on here? AlbyMangles November 14, 2017 at 2:14 pm eddie made her premier when Nathan Rees failed to kiss his ass http://www.smh.com.au/national/meet-nobodys-puppet-nobodys-girl-20091203-k8uz.html Mining BoganMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 4:03 pm A very good thing that Arfur $inodoni$ is off with the cancer. He was very close to Obeid. Any muck thrown at the blond might have landed on him. Again. bolstroodMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:09 am Good bye negative gearing. This is ALL a distraction, in the real world, 15,000 scientists from 180 country’s sound a dire warning as CO2 emissions go thru the roof https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/13/over-15000-scientists-just-issued-second-notice-humanity-can-we-listen-now?utm_term=% https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/13/giant-leap-backwards-global-carbon-emissions-2017-soaring-all-time-high?utm_term=%27 Good bye human’s and 90% of life as we know it. proteins2 November 14, 2017 at 12:02 pm Yes. You are right bolstrood. We need true activists at the political helm. footsore November 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm Yep. #DeniersHaveWon When coworkers ask me about having children and I tell them that the world is already overpopulated AND the planet is stuffed I get a few dirties. I try to say it in the nicest way possible, but it still doesn’t go down well. ZuluMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm I sometimes think the only thing that might save us is a China crash followed by a worldwide depression for a decade or so. JspitzerMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:13 am Any figures on number of property investors in Bennelong? Likely going to determine the result. Is this why ASX tanking? LSWCHPMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:14 am So Labor’s best shot at Bennelong who will win them government is a failed NSW state politician with an American accent? Am I missing something here? I really don’t see why they would think she’s such a hot contender. Does she still have a reputation and personal popularity that she can leverage in upper class Sydney? KomiMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:18 am Do they really want to win now though & swap into a knife edge majority, surely this is to look like they are giving it a red hot go, not gain the seat & then romp in at the next general election. Daniel November 14, 2017 at 11:24 am I also fail to see the excitement re a Keneally nomination ( Obied legacy lurks and she is irritating ). However I also failed to see the appeal of a ABC journalist over one of Australia’s finest Prime Ministers. Bennelong must have transitioned to nouveau riche over the years, lots of new money, essentially mundane suburbanites. GavinMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:16 am Butter popcorn or salted? So many options, so little time. haroldusMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:35 am http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/why-not-both-why-dont-we-have-both The Traveling Wilbur November 14, 2017 at 9:42 pm We get the salty & sweet variety from woolies. Popcorn haroldus, popcorn… Hamish November 14, 2017 at 11:19 am Why goodbye negative gearing? Is she a catalyst for something? Jason November 14, 2017 at 11:21 am There’s a typo in your headline by the way… JasonMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:23 am Just watched the Press conference. Nope. Her and Shorten going on about One Nation and Multiculturalism. This does not bode well. I intend to ask both candidates what their view is on immigration, and the fact that Ryde council will grow by 60% by 2036. LSWCHPMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:33 am Multiculturalism? Really? FFS. 🙁 Ino November 14, 2017 at 11:43 am Aaah – the Vibrant MultiCulti Brigade! ZuluMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm I love a bit of multiculturalism, why I was just at the Newtown music fest this weekend, but too much of a good thing can make you sick & warp your mind ….. lol & cry! Jason November 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm Terri Butler telegraphed that last night on Q&A. Link One Nation to LNP via the Qld preference deal and therefore show that a vote for Libs in mutlicultural Bennelong = vote for ON. Freddy November 14, 2017 at 11:25 am Confirmed: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5079405/Kristina-Keneally-returns-politics-run-Bennelong.html AmusedMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:26 am given her full name, Kristina Kerscher Keneally I see a hell of a campaign slogan for bennelong, “All the way with KKK”!!! Ino November 14, 2017 at 11:45 am This KKK will not burn “lower case ‘t’s” on your lawn! lignjeMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:31 am McKew door knocked her way through Bennelong, targeting the new arrivals (Chinese property-loving types). Bennelong encompasses areas such as Epping, North Ryde, Macquarie Park etc etc. There’s no chance anyone will get elected here on a platform of removing property lurks. No chance. Powermonger November 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm Nor anyone on a platform of reducing immigration. Cornflakes November 14, 2017 at 11:32 am The ironic thing is John Alexander was one of the few Liberals who was concerned about the Housing affordability. And his losing would actually help! csfn November 14, 2017 at 11:40 am The other point of irony worth mentioning is that in Kristina we have a person who came to Australia as an adult – and who still sports a strong US accent – contesting a seat made available through the disqualification of a person born in Australia, who had a high profile sports career representing Australia. Odd, no? Mow YMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:49 am Just do the paperwork correctly. That is all. Houses and HolesMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 11:57 am Way too much to ask! DanMEMBER November 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm And the supreme irony is the outcome will be decided by an electorate that mostly speaks a language other than English at home. Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean being the main ones. ErmingtonPlumbing November 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm Yes a little odd. Mr Walker November 14, 2017 at 12:27 pm ”Goodbye negative gearing?!?!” Bwa-hahahaha! Classic! Coming November 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm isnt she american? surely after all this trouble ErmingtonPlumbing November 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm I don’t think the ALP has ever taken Government without taking Bennalong. Better check my Email for the next FEC, im in Bennalong. 🤔 Jason November 14, 2017 at 12:55 pm “I don’t think the ALP has ever taken Government without taking Bennalong.” Except the 5 elections they won while Howard was the local member. ErmingtonPlumbing November 14, 2017 at 1:11 pm It must be at the State level,…that I’ve heard that one. 😌 chino November 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm Ermo – ALP needs to get this out: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/criminals-and-jihadists-liberal-party-members-call-for-blanket-immigration-ban-20161031-gsek63.html Carlingford is in Bennelong – Lib President of President is calling all migrants criminals and bastards. Jason November 14, 2017 at 2:33 pm He would have been right 220 years ago. ErmingtonPlumbing November 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm My Irish Catholic Convict ancestor was sent here against his will, in 1816 for “uttering unholy oaths” (meaning he was a suspected Irish terrorist) He was no Criminal!,…he was a freedom fighter! [email protected]MEMBER November 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm well.. innovative eh? recycle the trash The Wealth Navigator November 14, 2017 at 3:02 pm As a resident of benelong for over 20 years, I can only remember one period with labor on the back of Kevin07. If you talk about goodbye negative gearing i think you are way too early given the demographic of the area- but who knows I am just one voter who has not voted labor or liberal for years. And at the last election John Alexander had over 50% of the first preference votes labor was a long way behind to me it would need a 20%+ swing to happen chino November 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm Bennelong was won by Rudd when he swooned down Eastwood mall and did his ‘ni hao’ to everyone before settling down for yum cha. All those votes swung back after he was gone. stagmal November 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm goodbye negative gearing, hello 500k p/a NOM! go labor!!!!!!! The Traveling Wilbur November 14, 2017 at 9:48 pm Ah… someone’s been paying attention… careful with that… there’s probably a law against it.